back to school

I was one of those weird kids who loved going back to school each fall. I loved thinking about all of the new things I was going to learn, shopping for new school clothes with my mom, and picking out fun, brightly colored school supplies. I don’t think my mom ever experienced any of the anxiety that parents have today when it comes to sending the kids back to school.   First, there are the uniform requirements. You need to… Read more »

birthday wish finding joy

Today is my birthday. I have not felt like celebrating my birthday in quite a while, and my reason has nothing to do with age. A few years ago, my grandfather died on my birthday. He and I were very close, and I have not been able to let go of the sadness I feel every year on that date. As I thought about what I really wanted for my birthday this year, I realized that the one thing I… Read more »

fulbright scholarship

As of June 30, I submitted my completed Fulbright scholarship application for next year! I really don’t have a concept for how competitive the process is or how good my chances of getting chosen actually are. So, I wanted to put together the strongest possible application that I could. I spent a lot of time working on my proposal and all of the application components. I started learning Korean and reading research relevant to my work. I reached out to… Read more »

You may remember that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is on my summer reading list. I finished it in two days, and it was a fun summer read! The story is centered around a girl named Cath who just started college, and is thrown into that chaotic life adventure. Fortunately, Cath is not alone in because she has…her twin sister? Nope, that girl abandoned her. Cath has something even better…her fandom. She is a beloved fan fic writer in a fandom… Read more »

trip to chicago

When I took Brooke to San Francisco last summer to drop her off for her ballet summer intensive, we went a day early to spend some tourist time together. It was really nice for us to have that time together doing mother-daughter bonding before parting for three weeks, and we decided to do it again this year in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of our weekend.   Hotel We stayed at the Palmer House Hilton, and it is… Read more »

summer reading list

One of my favorite parts of summer is having extra time to read. I have a hard time getting long periods of downtime to read during the fall and spring semesters, so I tend to devour books during my winter and summer breaks. This weekend I made my summer reading list and thought I would share it with you in case you are looking for some summer reading suggestions. (Amazon affiliate links are included in this post.)   Cut in… Read more »